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The Georgia Department of Public Safety is reminding drivers to use extra caution this Memorial Day weekend. The state DOT predicts 18 traffic deaths, 2,401 traffic crashes and 1,012 injuries during the 78-hour holiday period that begins Friday, May 26 at 6 p.m. and ends at midnight Memorial Day.

GBI Warns of Counterfeit Pills

May 26, 2017

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is issuing a public safety alert regarding counterfeit pills.
According to a media release from the agency, since January 2015, the GBI crime lab has received 454 exhibits of counterfeit pills, or pills which contain drugs other than those indicated by the markings. In what they call an alarming discovery, authorities found pills marked oxycodone actually contained fentanyl, furanly fentanyl, and U-47700 (pink). The Atlanta area had the highest number of incidents, but there were cases Clarke County as well.


The annual spring meeting of the University of Georgia Athletic Athletic Association Board of Directors was held on St. Simons Island. Among the highlights: a $4.451 million increase in the fiscal year 2018 budget, athletic director’s overview of the athletic program, and a detailed review and explanation of the reserve funds.

J. Reid Parker Director of Athletics McGarity provided his assessment  of the program. 

Free Voices of Truth Concert at Athens Library

May 25, 2017
ACC Library

Enjoy a free afternoon concert featuring Voices of Truth, an Athens classic, at the Athens-Clarke County Library on Sunday, June 4, at 3:00 p.m.

Voices of Truth has been an Athens fixture for nearly 40 years. Directed by James R. Smith, this gospel choir has been based out of several locations through the years, including First A.M.E., Hill First Baptist Church, Timothy Baptist Church, and others.

They have performed contemporary gospel, traditional hymns, spirituals and beautiful anthems across the Southeast.

Richard Hamm/Athens Banner-Herald

The University of Georgia has announced the next steps for research about the Baldwin Hall site.
UGA will sponsor additional research to learn more about the lives of the individuals whose gravesites were discovered during the construction of the Baldwin Hall expansion.